A team of surgeons and specialists at Mass General is announcing an achievement in transplant surgery today, having recently performed the largest number of adult heart transplants in the country using what are known as Donation after Circulatory Death (DCD) donor hearts.
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- MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
- Residency, Columbia University Medical Center
- Residency, New York Presbyterian Columbia Medical Center
- Fellowship, New York Presbyterian Columbia Medical Center
American Board Certifications
- Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery), American Board of Thoracic Surgery
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Dr. D'Alessandro research has studied the effects and effectiveness of mechanical circulatory support systems, including ventricular assist devices. He has participated in numerous clinical trials, with a focus on mitral valve repair and replacement.
In addition to numerous publications and scientific presentations, he was awarded a U.S. patent for a novel cardiac stabilizer with a potential application to beating heart surgery. Dr. D'Alessandro was a co-investigator in the NHLBI sponsored Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network and an active participant in trial design and implementation. Additional areas of interest include stem cell applications for myocardial regeneration and ex-vivo organ perfusion and resuscitation.
- Jan | 17 | 2017
Ventricular circulatory assist devices (VADs) now almost rival heart transplantation in terms of impact on patient survival and quality of life. VADs are becoming smaller and risks are declining.